Police used capsicum spray when they arrested Jacob Pascoe. Picture: Trevor Veale
Police used capsicum spray when they arrested Jacob Pascoe. Picture: Trevor Veale

Man capsicum sprayed after throwing wardrobe at police

A GLADSTONE man said he was suffering an anxiety attack when he threw a wardrobe at police resulting in him being capsicum sprayed.

Jacob Pascoe, 22 at the time of the offence, now 23, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday to obstructing police.

On August 12 at 1.20pm police were called to a Barney Point address in relation to a disturbance.

Police heard yelling and a man slam a window shut before they saw a pregnant woman leave the house.

They found Pascoe in a rear bedroom with a door closed. He was told why police were there and they said they wanted to talk to him.

Pascoe was aggressive and said he would not speak to the police. Police tried to calm him but Pascoe became more aggressive and yelled at them to "f--- off".

Pascoe was detained and yelled out in anger, clenched his fist and pointed at the police.

They told him there were not going to leave and for him to calm down, when Pascoe, in anger, started throwing items in his room damaging property.

He threw a freestanding wardrobe in the direction of the police, which was when they used capsicum spray and arrested him.

Defence lawyer Bianca Wierland said the use of capsicum spray was extra-curial punishment against her client.

She told the court when the police arrived Pascoe was suffering an anxiety attack and when they came into his room the situation escalated.

She said the incident started when his partner and brother got into an argument.

Pascoe was sentenced to a nine month good behaviour bond of $300.

No conviction was recorded.

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